Sevastopol was the last of three ships in the Petropavlovsk class of
pre-dreadnought battleships built for the Imperial Russian Navy in the
1890s. Named for the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War, the
ship was part of the Russian Pacific Fleet at Port Arthur, a Russian
naval base acquired from China in 1898. One of the first ships to use
Harvey nickel-steel armor and Popov radios, she displaced 11,854 long
tons (12,044 t) at full load and was 369 feet (112.5 m) long overall,
and mounted a main battery of four 12-inch (305 mm) guns in two twin
turrets. She was launched on 1 June 1895 and completed in 1899.
Sevastopol saw service in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. Slightly
damaged during a surprise attack on Port Arthur in early February, she
later participated in several attempts to break out from the besieged
port, including the Battle of the Yellow Sea, where she was damaged by
several shells but managed to make it back to port with the remnants of
the Russian Fleet. Immediately after the surrender of Port Arthur,
Sevastopol was scuttled to prevent her capture by the Imperial Japanese
Navy. The remains of the ship still lie outside the entrance to Port
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